Almost 900 Christians flee village in Pakistan after child commits blasphemy

Islamabad, Aug 20 (ANI): Around 900 Christians living on the outskirts of Islamabad have been ordered to leave the place in the wake of communal tension prevailing in the area after a 11-year-old mentally challenged Pakistani Christian girl was accused of deliberately burning pages of the Holy Quran.

Rifta Masih was arrested on Thursday, after complaints against her prompted angry demonstrations.

Houses in Mehrabadi village near Islamabad were locked with padlocks, their occupants having fled to already overcrowded Christian slums in and around the capital, said a report by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

One of the senior members of the dominant Muslim community reportedly told the Christians to remove all their belongings from their houses by September 1.

"I don't think anyone will dare go back after this. The area is not safe for us now," said one Christian, Arif Masih. (ANI)